Zuma
Jacob Zuma

South African President Jacob Zuma’s 100 million Rand (about 8.2 million U. S. dollars) pledge to support Namibia’s drought relief programme is closer to becoming a reality, 19 months after the donation was first promised.

Zuma
Jacob Zuma

Namibia’s Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation announced Tuesday in a statement that the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah had recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.
The MoU, which is said to have been signed in Pretoria at the end of the 25th African Union Summit which was hosted by South Africa, will facilitate the disbursement of the drought relief package.
The MoU will facilitate coordination of the activities of the implementing agencies on both the Namibian and South African side and ensure that the procurement of donated goods is done in a timeous manner and to the satisfaction of both parties.
Half of the pledged amount is earmarked for the procurement of seeds and maize meal while the remaining 50 percent will be committed to the drilling and equipment of boreholes and the implementation of water projects which will render long term benefits for communities adversely affected by the recurrence of drought in Namibia.
Drought prone Namibia is currently in the middle of another drought, although not as severe as the one in 2013.
President Zuma committed to help Namibia during a two-day state visit to the country in November 2013. Namibia was at the time in the middle of a devastating drought, the worst in three decades.
However this did not go down well with South African opposition leaders who described the donation as impulsive and incorrect as the country’s finance minister had not been consulted.
Despite the opposition, the South African government announced in October last year that it had approved the multi-million dollar budget allocation. Enditem

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